Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Scrooged Over
Author: David Connor
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug
Heroes: Deke and Dudley
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 69 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: For dueling radio hosts Deke and Dudley, the battle over Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving. Deke hates the whole season. Dudley is a yuletide overachiever. They put their debate to a vote, inviting audience members to weigh in. The loser must go on a blind date of the winner’s choosing. Dudley decides he wouldn’t mind taking the loss, if his blind date, picked by Deke, turns out to be Deke himself. As Christmas gets closer, not only does that fantasy seem unlikely, but everything that can go wrong for Dudley does, including malfunctioning decorations, rancid cookies, and a lost pile of hundreds of handwritten Christmas cards. Just days before Santa’s arrival, Dudley’s about to throw in the red and green towel and join all the haters. It’ll take a miracle to change his mind….
This was such a good story. I liked that Deke and Dudley were radio hosts and had a little rival contest going on. I loved the fact that Dudley was so for Christmas and Deke was against Christmas. It was cute to see how much Dudley loved Christmas and how much effort he put into making the holiday as great and eventful as possible. I also loved that while Deke was against Christmas he always seemed to be there for Dudley when something went wrong, it was so sweet and I loved that it showed Deke in a better light and that he actually cared.
I ADORED this book but the only thing that annoyed me was Deke’s rants about Christmas. They were long and exhausting and almost made me stop reading at first but I’m glad I stuck with it because once you get passed the first few pages, things get way better, IMO. Especially when Dudley’s grandfather comes in, he was hysterical.
Overall, I loved this book. I wished it had been longer because I would have loved to get an actual novel out of these two. As it was, I enjoyed Deke and Dudley as characters and loved how Deke was so against Christmas but then tried to make things better (and also worse) for Dudley’s Christmas experience. Definitely give this a go if you’re looking for a sweet little Christmas story with a little rivalry to go with it.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*